Geolocated tweets with TwitterAPI


I’m trying to extract tweets around a certain location using the 30day or full archive data from Twitter. For that I’m using the TwitterAPI library, but I keep on getting an error when constraining to location.

from TwitterAPI import TwitterAPI

api = TwitterAPI(consumer_key, consumer_secret, access_token_key, access_token_secret)

PRODUCT = '30day'
LABEL = 'development'

r = api.request('tweets/search/%s/:%s' % (PRODUCT, LABEL),
                {'query':SEARCH_TERM, 'point_radius':'[-73.7781 40.6413 2km]'})

for item in r:
    print(item['text'] if 'text' in item else item)

I always get the same error but I can’t figure out what am I doing wrong.

/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.6/bin/python3.6 /Users/Fil/PycharmProjects/Twitter/
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/Users/Fil/PycharmProjects/Twitter/", line 18, in <module>
    for item in r:
  File "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.6/lib/python3.6/site-packages/TwitterAPI/", line 219, in __iter__
    return self.get_iterator()
  File "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.6/lib/python3.6/site-packages/TwitterAPI/", line 206, in get_iterator
    raise TwitterRequestError(self.response.status_code)
TwitterAPI.TwitterError.TwitterRequestError: Twitter request failed (422)

Process finished with exit code 1

It would even be better to this with R as I’m a complete newbie in Python, but I’ll use what I have.


422 error means the parameters are incorrect,

Also point_radius coordinates are lat long last time I checked, so if you want JFK the airport, that should that be 40.6413 -73.7781 (please double check that though because I have a feeling i’m wrong, also I can’t remember if you need commas like [-73.7781,40.6413,2km]) point_radius is [long lat radius]


Unfortunately that’s not fully correct. The point_radius uses lon lat radius without commas.
I tried to use the geocode parameter but it only works for the standard queries.


Ah, that’s the docs page - thanks.

I can’t try the query myself to test, but looks like you’re using this library?

I think it might be that point_radius parameter has to be included together with query - does this work?

SEARCH_TERM = 'JFK point_radius:[-73.7781 40.6413 2km]'

the other parameters that don’t go in the query, but might go exactly where you’ve put point_radius are toDate, fromDate, maxResults, next from


Thank you so much. That was indeed the problem. I wasn’t including it with the query :). That actually solved the issue both for python and for R which is awesome.


Great! Incidentally, if you’ve got a working example of the premium Search API working with R and it’s public, please post it somewhere! Quite a few people have been looking for that.


I’ll add a new topic on this but here’s the code